TODAY'S HEADLINES

WATCH | Senators: ex-BI officials' story on alleged P50-M bribe 'hard to believe' 23-Jan-17, 5:09 PM | Philippines News Agency | Maeanne Los Banos, News5

MEL STA. MARIA | A very dangerous notion on Martial Law 21-Jan-17, 3:37 PM | Atty. Mel Sta.Maria

Alvarez concedes, willing to give PNP's Dela Rosa 'second chance' 23-Jan-17, 4:30 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon

Palace 'outraged' by Korean's kidnap-slay, vows no whitewash 22-Jan-17, 8:36 PM | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon | Maricel Halili, News5 | Agence France-Presse

MMDA extends no-window hours policy 23-Jan-17, 5:00 PM | Clara Masinag, InterAksyon

National

Mayor Espinosa laid to rest, a month after being killed by cops in jail

Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.: a death shrouded in controversy.

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

ALBUERA, Leyte - Slain Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was laid to rest Sunday afternoon a month after he was killed in a raid at the Baybay City sub-provincial jail.

Thousands of family members, relatives and supporters gathered on Sunday morning hours before the mayor’s burial. The mayor was buried at the town’s public cemetery around 3 p.m. after a mass at the town’s Catholic church.

Mourners were clad in blue shirts printed with "We love Mayor Onick Espinosa" on the front and "Fight for Justice" at the back. Onick is the nickname of the slain mayor, the father of self-confessed Eastern Visayas drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa.

Other supporters wore the mayor’s campaign shirt.

On Saturday night, 3,000 supporters turned emotional during a tribute vigil when Kerwin, who has been jailed at Camp Crame, spoke via phone patch to the crowd gathered at the family’s residential complex in Benolho village here.

Espinosa was killed on Nov. 5 when operatives from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group served him a search warrant at his detention cell for allegedly keeping illegal drugs and firearms.

Earlier, Espinosa had executed an affidavit linking more than 200 individuals to his son’s narcotics trade.

advertisement
OTHER NATIONAL STORIES
BREAKING NEWS